Myxine ios Fernholm, 1981
White-headed hagfish
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Family:  Myxinidae (Hagfishes), subfamily: Myxininae
Max. size:  57 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathydemersal; depth range 614 - 1625 m, non-migratory
Distribution:  Eastern Atlantic: southwest off Ireland and Iceland, off Western Sahara.
Biology:  Scavengers which are found on muddy bottoms; feed largely on dead or disabled fish by boring into its skin. Eggs are few and large (20-30 mm).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 12 November 2009 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 28.02.94
Modified by: Froese, Rainer - 27.09.99
Checked by: Agustin, Liza Q. - 29.03.94

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